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Supervisors Revisit Sanding Water Issue

July 17, 2014
by Kate Myers , Emmetsburg News

During their meeting on July 15, the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors revisited the issue regarding the June flooding that occurred in the North Grand Avenue area of Emmetsburg.

Landowner Bill Henry was not in attendance when the supervisors discussed the topic on June 24 and updated the supervisors on the situation. Water continues to stand in the area.

During the discussion, Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz indicated there is no place for the water to go. He once again gave the opinion the system in the area needs to be improved and it is a drainage district issue. A portion of the land is in Drainage District 180 while another area is in Drainage District 80.

In an effort to move towards a solution, the supervisors took two actions. They made the decision to clean out the lateral tile as well to hire Don Etler on Bolton-Menk to study the problem.

In anticipation of a disaster proclamation from FEMA, the supervisors appointed Gary Atherton of Bolton-Menk to assess the damage done to the county's drainage districts during the heavy rains of June.

As a follow-up to last week's discussion regarding flood damage near a bridge structure on 570th Avenue in the West Bend area, county engineer Fantz reported an agreement between the landowners and the county had been reached. Secondary road funds will pay for the work that needs to be done in the right-of-way.

Fantz also told the supervisors the secondary road department, when work slows in the fall, will investigate the current road elevations on 570th Avenue and see how they compare to the elevations established in 1937.

In other business, the supervisors canvassed the results of a special election held in Graettinger on July 8. The election was to fill a city council vacancy originally filled by appointment. However a petition was filed for a special election. Of the 190 votes cast, Bruce Masters received 143 while Joy Hiller received 29. Write-in candidates Kevin Hansen, Brandon Armstrong and Robert Rehm received 29, 2 and one respectively. The city of Graettinger will reimburse the county for the expenses associated with the election.

Following a discussion regarding the DNR's Draft Permit for a hog building on a site owned by Max Orsborn, the supervisors decided to move ahead with an appeal objecting to the permit issuance. The basis of the appeal will be the health concerns of two neighbors in the area. County Attorney Lyssa Henderson planned to notify the DNR regarding the appeal.

In a split vote, the supervisors also approved the deputy status for four part-time employees. According to information shared by Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes, Zach Harris, Justin Schultes, Alex Molina and Steve Henderson bring 28 years of experience to the department.

"They are all certified peace officers and will be a good addition to the Sheriff's office in times of need," said Schultes.

Schultes reported the new deputies will be on duty during RAGBRAI.

Supervisors Ed Noonan and Linus Soldberg voted no, while Ron Graettinger, Keith Wirtz and Craig Merril voted yes to the hiring.

Because of the RAGRAI overnight stay in Emmetsburg on July 21, the next Palo Alto County Supervisor Meeting will be held at 1 pm. Tuesday, July 22. There will be no supervisor meeting on Tuesday, July 29,



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